Aishiteru (2009)

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Typical mother Noguchi Satsuki spent her days trying to balance her life as a wife to her hard-working husband Kazuhiko and mother to their only son Tomoya, a seemingly withdrawn fifth-grader with whom Satsuki struggled to communicate. Seiko and Ozawa Hideaki, living in the same neighborhood as the Noguchi family, were raising a rebellious junior high school daughter Mihoko and their first son Kiyotaka a second-grader who was showered with much love read moreand affection by his mother.
On that ill-fated day when Kiyotaka was reported missing and was later found dead, Tomoya was taken into custody by police as the prime murder suspect. Tomoya slowly begins to open up about his innermost feelings as the hidden truth reveals the true motive behind his cruel act of violence. Satsuki, as mother of the perpetrator, comes face-to-face with her son's true self while Seiko, as mother of the victim, deals with her sorrow and anger. --NTV

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    アイシテル~海容~ ; Aishiteru ~Kaiyo~ ; I Love You ~Forgiveness~

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Mar 7, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
From the very first episode, I was hooked to the story. The story was interesting and intriguing too since we are eager to understand the motives behind Tomoya's action. We are given bits and pieces of the puzzle at a time and are eager to know if our hypothesis is correct or not. The acting was really great. We get to experience the pain of both parties and see the extend of read more how this incident affects them. The music was just so perfect for the drama and I fell in love with the ending song. I'm not too sure if I would rewatch this drama, though. Overall, it's a beautiful drama that will get you to reflect upon your life and your relationships with others.
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Jul 5, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I started watching this six hours ago and I already finished. This proves how ADDICTIVE this drama was. From it you'll smile and cry, you'll understand a bit of japanese culture and family living... and how everything may turn upside down for a single act... how that could sometimes happen to any family, even yours.

The actors played their roles well. Not to mention the small Tomoya, what a cute and smart read more kid. He was able to make us feel his emotions, and his love towards his mom. ´
Even though he was the 'killer', I couldn't help but fall for him, wish I could go there and hug him right now.

Please watch it. I have no regrets, and I'm sure you won't either :)
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    Elisa 8 days ago - edited

    Does anyone know where j could watch this with eng/French/Spanish sub?

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      Elisa 8 days ago

      Thank you so much!! Yay!

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    3ngin33r Jul 27, 2016

    This is so well written, the story flows beautifully making the the viewer experience what everyone is going through

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    JAPANISLIFE Apr 12, 2015 - edited

    Just finish this drama and it's was MARAVILLOSO, I need to buy a new box of tissues -This drama left me in a swimming pool full of tears,only the Jdramas can bring topics like this.

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      NHK95 Feb 18, 2016 - edited

      i see you replied to quite a few dramas and for some reason i started to look out for them. i use them to weed out the bad dramas. all the more reason for me to add them to my list.

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    WhiteCloud Jul 23, 2013

    I would not agree that acting is terrible. Each character is well represented by all actors. Drama is a serious but not hard to watch. Each episode is very interesting. It is interesting to watch how the story unfolds in each episode. Thank you all for the good recommendation.

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    aha Mar 20, 2013 - edited

    The acting is terrible, its rly paintful to watch

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    kuuchan Aug 21, 2012 - edited

    Cried buckets for this drama. I watched the last few episodes back to back and I literally used up half a box of tissues. The drama really touches you deep down and it's hard to explain. I recommended it to my friend and she's never watched asian dramas. She finished it in a day so I think it'll be fair to say this is really worth a try. Don't get put off by the gloomy plot, there's a lot more in the drama beyond the murder itself. Also, the acting in this drama is top-notch, props to the young actor playing Tomoya, he really touched my heart! ;__;

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    Dream33 Aug 14, 2012 - edited

    I realy hate the father

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    yariru Jul 11, 2012

    You have to dig deep to find hidden gems like this drama. It's not about someone whining about their lover, nor is it about finding a boyfriend. It's much more important that something like that. This drama touched my heart and left a strong impact on my mind. It makes me want to become a good parent in the future.

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    lidymnd Jan 24, 2012

    Also there is a sp for this drama but i can't find it anywhere hopefully i will be able to see it soon.

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    lidymnd Jan 24, 2012

    I thought it was an amazing drama and i couldn't stop watching once i started. I can't count how many times i cried while watching this. Although tomoya did what he did i couldn't help liking him and thinking what a sweet kid he is although you don't notice it at first you have to watch the whole drama to truly understand what happened and why it happened. Parenting is tough and forever a responsibility, sometimes mistakes are made and things happen, even if u think they won't.

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    MyOwnJudgement Jan 8, 2012 - edited

    I'm at episode 6 now and from the beginning this has been so addicting. It's nervewrecking. I want to know more, see more. Everytime an episode ends I'm thinking ''What? Already??'' My favorite characters, and also relationship, must me Satsuki and Tomoya. It's touching how you get to understand Tomoya through her eyes. I like him better every moment. I keep reminding myself what he has done but I still only want to tell him what a sweet kid he is...


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    Apr 15, 2009 to Jun 17, 2009
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    54 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 280 users)
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